There have been five black ballerinas that have made a noticeable mark in the world of ballet. Five that
have fought to have the world see their talent rather than the color of their skin. Each has graced the
stage as soloist and/or principal dancer. Precious Blue Johnson is set to become one of them.
Precious Blue Johnson, young, country and naive, from Lutts County, Georgia, is traveling to the
energizing city of New York to search for her birth father and perhaps make history by becoming the
first black ballerina.
Her simple mocha skin and thick lips will put her in the center of a movement, expose secrets and
unlock the past as she steps onto the stage as the Blue Butterfly. She will be guided by the vivacious
and wise Ms. Ann and fall in love with the alluring Ray Silvers.
Ray brings the whole package. Enchanting eyes, a bright future as a doctor, and a willingness to love
completely. To Precious, he is perfect. Except Ray’s package includes his deadly past. Will their love
survive the one person who could end it all—his drug-addicted mother?
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“Blue Butterfly has a
wonderful quality within its
prose that enables you to
hear the words, the dialogue,
the ballet movement and
music powerfully told
in the story. Definite
Book Club Recommended.”
Michelle Monkou, USA Today
“'Blue Butterfly' is a heart-warming novel filled with romance, secrets, betrayal,
and forgiveness, written in Marian L. Thomas's unique style.”
Marian L. Thomas is a dynamic storyteller with five engaging and dramatic novels to her credit.
Her books have been seen on national television stations and featured in print magazines and
newspapers. She has also been a guest on many broadcast and online radio stations. Her
titles, My Father’s Colors and Strings of Color both received the USA Best Book Finalist Award.
Ms. Thomas resides in a suburb of Georgia with her husband, family and dear friends.
In her book, Blue Butterfly, the author does a fantastic job developing each character and
taking the reader on a ride of unexpected turns.”
-Paulette Harper, Award-Winning Author of Living Separate Lives
The art of ballet seems to be a privilege only white girls are allowed to have, but Precious
Blue is ready to prove that her mocha skin and full lips have nothing to do with her skill,
talent, and determination.” -J. Ammons, Yahoo Voices